(October 14, 2009) - Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC)
is Savannah's top-rated hospital, and is among the top 10 hospitals
in Georgia for cardiac care, vascular surgery, spine surgery,
stroke care, pulmonary care, critical care, and gastrointestinal
care. The results are based on an annual study released by
HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings
The Twelfth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America
Study analyzed approximately 40 million Medicare discharges
from every U.S. hospital from 2006 through 2008. After looking at
patient outcomes, mortality rates, and complication rates,
HealthGrades assigned 1 star (poor), 3 stars (as expected), or 5
stars (best) to hospitals in 28 categories, from heart failure to
hip replacement to pneumonia.
The study also rated MUMC among the top 10 percent nationally
for pulmonary and gastrointestinal medical services. In addition,
MUMC achieved 5 stars for the treatment of heart failure, stroke,
pneumonia, sepsis, respiratory failure, gastrointestinal bleed,
spinal fusion surgery, and peripheral vascular bypass surgery.
"We have always been committed to providing the highest level of
care. That's what our patients expect and deserve. We're proud of
this recognition and will continue to bring the very best services
to our community," said Phillip Schaengold, J.D., MBA, president
and CEO of Memorial Health.
According to the study, top-rated hospitals had a 52 percent
lower mortality rate than the U.S. national average when looking at
patient outcomes in17 procedures.
To read the full report and methodology, visit www.healthgrades.com.
Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare
organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and
southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital,
a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary
and specialty care physician networks; a major medical
education program; business and
industry services; and NurseOne,
a 24-hour call center.